Updated & fresh home in coveted Legacy Park – 4 bedrooms, 2 baths upstairs + guest suite on terrace level. Beautiful hardwoods thru-out main level, a bright & updated kitchen open to the fireside family room, separate living and dining room- main floor is spacious and welcoming. Owner’s suite feat. separate his/hers closets, separate tub & shower, double vanities, + soaring ceilings. The secondary bedrooms are spacious + the laundry room is conveniently located upstairs among the bedrooms. Terrace level has a media room, guest suite, storage + more! Fenced, level yard
|Light and bright top floor home in Sandy Springs! Updated kitchen and bath, custom closet, and brand new carpet* Check out the extra molding and detail – not to forget the plantation shutters! Stainless steel appliances! Conveniently located between the pool and tennis courts, this home also has a storage closet in the basement. Gated entry with security, HOA includes ALL utilities!|
The Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its September 2019 Market Brief on residential housing statistics in metro-Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties. This summary covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding and Rockdale.
Demand: Sales are down 5.3% from last year. Although as with the last two months that reflected decreases at time of reporting, they are now both increases after factoring in the additional sales that trailed. We expect to see a similar leveling once all sales are factored in.
Price: Median price continued to rise and is still up 7.3%, with average sales price up 6.2%.
Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 14,971 units in September, a decrease of 0.1% from September, 2018. New listings totaled 4,912, up 1.7% from September, 2018 and down 5.0% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period increased to 3.1 months.
A Word from 2019 Atlanta REALTORS® President DeAnn Golden: DeAnn Golden, President of Atlanta REALTORS® Association said “The entry-level market ($100K to $500K) remains a seller’s market with many properties selling quickly and some with multiple offers. We need more housing options in this segment to meet the demand. The middle tier market ($500K to $1M) is a more normal market averaging around 6 months of supply. While the Luxury market ($1M+) remains a buyer’s market. Properties over $2M now show 52 months of supply.
In all price points, homes that are updated, upgraded and more ‘like new’ sell faster and for higher values. Homes that need a lot of work are getting lower prices.
Long-term trends for Metro Atlanta are very positive with the trends for people moving to Atlanta, job growth and historically low financing interest rates. The future demand trends will cause home values to continue rising steadily over time. Now is a great time to buy, sell or invest.”
The data in this report was compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). For more information on details of this month’s report, please contact the Association at 404.250.0051.
*Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.
|Renovated and move-in ready! Brand new kitchen just completed in July with NEW sparkling stainless steel appliances, NEW granite counters, NEW cabinets and hardware, NEW lighting! Newly tiled bathroom floors + tub surround 7/2019. BRAND NEW carpet & fresh paint! Relax in the fireside family room or screened porch. Entertain friends and family in the open kitchen. 3 beds, 2 baths on main , don’t miss HUGE basement! 2 car carport, 1 car garage + extra workshop space, + the rec room. Carrier HVAC April 2018* New Vinyl Plank Flooring 2018-2019 * exterior painted 6/2019|
1: Back to School for Forsyth, Cobb & Cherokee Counties
5: Back to School for Dekalb County
7-18: Hair at The Wildflower Meadow at Serenbe Playhouse (outdoors)
8-10: The Cotton Club Revue, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square
8-11: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
8: Cocktails in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
9: Global Cooking & Wine Pairing Series: Taste of Portugal at Vino Venue
9-11: Dirty South Yoga Fest
9, 17: Martin Luther King Jr. History Walking Tour
9: Wonder Park (Dawsonville: Park)
9-Sept 28: Ghost Tours in Lawrenceville
10: The Sweet Spot burlesque show at 595 North Event Center
10: Atlanta Summer Wine Festival at City Winery, Pub Crawl on the BeltLine, Atlanta Magic Night at Red Light Cafe, Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival, Ignite Atlanta Christian Music Festival in Buford
10-11: Atlanta Reggae in the Park at Piedmont
11: Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series, Concerts by the Springs
12: Back to School for Fulton County
14-25: Head Over Heels at Actor’s Express
15: Eats & Beats at The Fairmont, Alive in Roswell
15-18: Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) , Macon Film Festival
15-24: Spring Awakening, at OnStage Atlanta in Scottdale, Disaster! at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs
16: Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest
16-18: Atlanta Tattoo Expo
16-1: War Paint at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta, Othello at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square
17: Doggy Con at Woodruff Park, Dinosaur Birthday Bash at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Area 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K in Roswell, Taste of Johns Creek, Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race
17-18: Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue at Fox Theatre, Piedmont Park Arts Festival
17-1: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
18: Give Me Five charity event at 103West
20: The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Pontoon Brewing
21-25: BronzeLens Film Festival at Hyatt Regency Atlanta
23: Dionne Warwick at Fox Theater, Can Can Ball at The Fairmont for charity, Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
24: German Bierfest at Woodruff Park, Football Fest at College Football Hall of Fame, ATL Wine + Spirits Fest at Piedmont Park, Walk, Wag, N’ Run at Lenox Park, Harley Davisdon Anniversary Party, Atlanta Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
25: Festival Peachtree Latino at Piedmont Park, Southern Wing Showdown at The Fairmont, Discover France Festival at Vino Venue, Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Town Square
29-2: Dragon Con
30: vinoTOSA at 86 Pryor Street, Artosa Beyond as part of Taste of Soul Atlanta at 86 Pryor Street
30-1: Decatur Book Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens
31: Plays in a Day Festival at Georgia State
31-1: Flashback Festival in Mableton, Marietta Art in the Park
31-2: Labor Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park
In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes like divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our shifting needs and lifestyle.
In fact, the advantages of downsizing are being increasingly recognized. A “tiny house movement” has gained passionate advocates who appreciate the benefits of living simply at any age and stage of life. Not only does a smaller home typically cost less, it also takes less time and effort to maintain.1
Whatever your reasons are for downsizing, the process can seem overwhelming. That’s why we’ve outlined five steps to guide you on your journey. And in the end, we hope you’ll find that less is more … more comfort, more security, and more time and energy to spend on the activities and the people that you love.
5 STEPS TO DOWNSIZING SUCCESS
- Determine Your Goals and Limitations
The first step is to figure out your goals for your new living environment. Do you want to live closer to family? Are you hoping to cut down on home maintenance? Are you looking for a community with certain amenities?
You should also consider any limitations that will impact the home you choose. For example, are stairs an issue? Do you need access to medical care? In the case of divorce, are there child-custody issues you need to take into account?
Estimate how long you plan to stay in your new home. Do you expect your needs to change during that time?
Make a “wish list” of features and prioritize them from most to least important. If you’d like any assistance with this process, give us a call! We’d be happy to sit down with you for a free consultation. We can also help you assess the value of your current home so you can set a realistic budget for your new one.
- Find the Perfect New Home
Once you’ve established your “wish list,” we can begin the search for your new home. As local market experts, we know the ins and outs of all the top communities in our area. We can help you determine the neighborhood and type of home that will best fit your wants and needs.
From family neighborhoods to retirement communities, we serve clients in all stages of life. If you or a loved one are in need of extended support, we can also share our knowledge of the assisted living facilities in town and help you identify those that offer the optimal level of care.
Are you planning to relocate out of town? We can refer you to a trusted real estate professional in your target area who can help you with your search.
- Sell Your Current Home
If you’re ready to sell your current home, we’ll begin the process of preparing to list it as we search for your new one.
We have a special interest in helping homeowners who are facing major life transitions, and we offer a full-service real estate experience that aims to remove as much of the stress and hassle of selling your home as possible. We also understand that many of our clients choose to downsize for financial reasons, so we employ tactics and strategies to maximize the potential sales revenue of your home.
We do this by employing our proven three-part approach, which focuses on optimum preparation, pricing, and promotion. As part of that plan, we invest in an aggressive marketing strategy that utilizes online and social media platforms to connect with consumers and offline channels to connect with local real estate agents. This ensures your property gets maximum exposure to prospective buyers.
- Sort and Pack Your Belongings
Even before you find your new home, you can begin preparing for your move. A smaller home means less space for your furniture and other possessions, so you will need to decide what to keep and what to sell or donate. Sorting through an entire house full of belongings will take time, so begin as early as possible.
Parting with personal possessions can be an extremely emotional process. Start with a small, unemotional space like a laundry or powder room and work your way up to larger rooms. Focus on eliminating duplicates and anything you don’t regularly use. If you have sentimental pieces, family heirlooms, or just useful items you no longer need, think about who in your life would benefit from having them. For large collections, consider keeping one or two favorite pieces and photographing the rest to put in an album.2
Make sure the items you keep help you achieve the goals you outlined in Step 1. For example, if you want a home that’s easier to clean, cut down on knickknacks that require frequent dusting. If you’re moving to be closer to your grandchildren, choose the shatterproof plates over the antique china.
Allow yourself time to take breaks if you start to feel overwhelmed. If you’re helping a loved one with a move, try to be a patient listener if they want to stop and share stories about particular items or memories throughout the process.3 This can be therapeutic for them and an opportunity for you to learn family history that may otherwise have been forgotten.
- Get Help When You Need It
Moving is stressful in any situation. But if you’re downsizing due to health issues or a major life change, it can be an especially tough transition. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Seek out friends and family members who can assist with packing and decluttering. If that’s not an option, or if you need additional help, consider hiring a home organizer, full-service moving company, or even a senior move manager, which is a professional who assists older adults and their families with the physical and emotional aspects of relocation.4 You can find one accredited by the National Association of Senior Move Managers at https://www.nasmm.org/find/index.cfm.
If financial constraints are holding back, let us know. We can help you explore the possibility of tapping into the equity in your current home now. That way you can afford to get the assistance you need to make your transition as smooth as possible.
ARE YOU LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE?
If your current home no longer suits your needs, maybe it’s time to consider a change. We would love to help you explore your options. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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